Paul: Gingrich a 'flip-flopper'
December 1st, 2011
11:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Paul: Gingrich a 'flip-flopper'

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Ron Paul called Newt Gingrich a "flip-flopper" Thursday, doubling-down on a biting new line of attack against the former House speaker that began with a web ad released earlier this week.

At a swing through a natural health foods store in Portsmouth, Paul likened the former House speaker to the long-time front-runner in the Republican race: Mitt Romney.

"[Gingrich] is a flip-flopper, so he can hardly be the alternative to Mitt Romney," Paul said of his former congressional colleague.

After admiring the health store's supply of raw, unpasteurized milk and yogurt, Paul told reporters the former House speaker's record was not being scrutinized enough as he surged in support in several early voting states.

"I think he's getting a free ride," Paul said of his former congressional colleague.

The 150-second web ad released by the Paul campaign Wednesday is a slickly-produced slam on Gingrich that suggests he has changed his views on some issues to win broader conservative support.

Paul did not reserve all his criticism for Gingrich, however. He said the media were preoccupied with sexual allegations against Herman Cain, adding said he had "no opinion" on whether the embattled candidate should drop out in the wake of allegations of sexual impropriety.

"That's his own business," Paul said, explaining he differed with Cain on economic policy. "I wish he'd dropped out because he's proposing a national sales tax and he used to work for the Federal Reserve. That should have been enough for him to lose support and need to drop out."

Cain served as deputy chairman of the board of directors of the Kansas City Federal Reserve bank in the early 1990s.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Yeah but the BIGGEST flip-flopper is in the Whitehouse. He ran in 2008 criticizing EVERYTHING Bush did and now has continued or expanded MANY of Bush's policies. Wher's the press coverage of all the Obama flip-flops???

    December 1, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Luke Brown

    Have people forgotten that Gingrich was thrown out of the Speakership by REPUBLICANS who were disgusted with his hypocrisy, arrogance, and immoral behavior?

    Flip-Flopper is probably the kindest thing Ron Paul could have said about him.

    December 1, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Johnny

    Excellent! Ron Paul once again sticks to the issues, not the mud slinging that the media is doing over Cain. Newt has a LOT of baggage, and it's not going to go away anytime soon. Like the tortoise and the hare, the other GOP candidates pop up and down in the polls, but in the end it will be Romney and Paul. The question will be will the GOP vote for a lukewarm candidate, that is Obama-lite, or choose a different path where personal liberty is championed?

    December 1, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. alan

    Ron Paul owns the High Road! He doesn't even have to dig deep on his opposition. He can win his battles just by sticking to the issues. Ron Paul all the way. Give him 4 years in the White House and see what happens. We've allowed much lessor people in there than Constitution Champion Ron Paul.

    December 1, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. James

    A more aggressive Ron Paul?? He might just be able to pull off the upset of the century if he keeps hitting Newt and Romney with those uppercuts of truth!

    December 1, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Lene, IL

    Newt is a total flip flopper and so is Mitt. They have done it so much that it leaves me wondering what they really are all about but leaves me sure they cannot be trusted. We got alot of campaign promises with Obama and it all ended up being political rhetoric to sway votes. These 2 are some of the biggest warmongers up on stage but when their country called them up to serve in the Vietnam war they got deferments. They obviously didn't agree with the foreign policies they stand firm on now or they were just cowards. Ron Paul, I am sure could of gotten a deferment but he didn't take the cowardly way out. Ron Paul has integrity and you know where he stands because he has been so consistent and he is not afraid to tell the truth. Some people think he is nuts but when you think about how he has been addressing the "establishment" for decades to deaf ears and his warnings came to be then that tells me he is the sanest one in the room!

    December 1, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. No More Lies

    Dr. Paul is the only one that can bring real change to Washington. If you like where the economy and the Goodwill of the US are, vote for Romney, Gingrich or Obama. If you would rather see a stronger America, vote for Dr. Paul. Don't be fooled by all the media labels, look at his positions, which by the way don't change to fit the audience like the rest of the GOP.

    December 1, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Democrat

    I am a Democrat. I am not voting for Obama. I will vote for Ron Paul, but that is it. Romeny and Gingrich offer more of the same. We have been down this path before people WAKE UP. Time for REAL CHANGE, hopefully it is not already too late.

    December 1, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Texan

    Just two want-a-be`s that`ll never be ............

    December 1, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Mike

    He’s a flip-flopper! First he’s flipping, and then he’s flopping! Oh sweet Jesus not flipping and flopping both together!
    Frankly I couldn’t give a flipping flop.

    December 1, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Ron Paul has less of a chance to win the Republican nomination than Bachman. He basically proposes removing all aid to the elderly, handicapped, children, minorities, the poor, etc and giving huge tax breaks tto the very rich.

    December 1, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country (who stated) "Yeah but the BIGGEST flip-flopper is in the Whitehouse. He ran in 2008 criticizing EVERYTHING Bush did and now has continued or expanded MANY of Bush's policies. Wher's the press coverage of all the Obama flip-flops???"

    Goodness. Now you're complaining President Obama is too much of a Republican for the likes of a GOP partisan such as yourself? Yeah, yeah, I know ... it doesn't matter what he does, you and like minded will always find fault.

    December 1, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Yeah but the BIGGEST flip-flopper is in the Whitehouse. He ran in 2008 criticizing EVERYTHING Bush did and now has continued or expanded MANY of Bush's policies. Wher's the press coverage of all the Obama flip-flops???
    Thank-you for pointing out that Obama has "continued or expanded MANY of Bush's polilcies." That is exactly what liberals have been saying since day one because of the obstructionist tactics engaged by Republicans. Hopefully, you will begin to hear just how ridiculous it sounds when neo-con voices decry that Obama's policies are "destroying the economy, destroying the country."

    December 1, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Well, what do you know. The two front runners are flip-floppers. But Willard takes the cake.

    December 1, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Alec Richardson

    Wow an article on CNN that centers around Ron Paul.. Did Hell freeze over?

    December 1, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. xlntcat

    Paul knows if Gingrich implodes, he is next in line to be the new Anti-Romney.

    December 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    Ron Paul is the best of that lot. By a long shot. Followed by Huntsman. The fact that Perry, Newt, Mitt, and Cain have done well past or present shows the idiocy of republicans.

    December 1, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Wes B.

    Ron Paul: So crazy, he actually makes sense!

    December 1, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Dr. Ron Paul wants us all to live like "The Waltons." Good night, Ron. Good night, Paul.

    December 1, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. callmecrazy

    When will it be Ron's turn on the target range?

    December 1, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. James

    Ron Paul has my vote and at least 10 people who I have informed about him. Please do your own research on the internet. Look at yout tube videos, where peoples money is coming from, stances they have taken in the past compared to now. Ron Paul is the only one who will give power back to the people and the states. The Republicans are only hurting themselves by not giving Paul an equal chance, we will not vote for anyone else and this helps Obama.

    Ron Paul 2012 even if i write him in.

    December 1, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Proud Paulbot

    The funny thing is Newt can't respond because there is nothing to attack Ron Paul on, not a single flip-flop or scandal in 30 years of Congress. In the world of our corrupt political system, Ron Paul is a saint. It's too bad Americans are too blinded by the just-as-corrupted media to see

    December 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Lene, IL

    @stranger in an increasingly strange land

    That is a complete and utter lie! Ron Paul's is a champion for the elderly and children. Ron Paul says the country has an obligation to put a high priority on programs “where we have taught people to be dependent,” including those for the elderly and children’s health care. He can help the poor by going back to free market principles and fair trade policies so the poor can gain employment and they could also have extra money because he want to get rid of income taxes. Please get your facts straight and stop spreading misinformation!

    December 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |